Extra (!!!) large .avi file

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Perk, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Perk

    Perk Guest

    Hi all,

    Our daughter sent us some very short video clips in .avi format.

    Wanting to put them all together in one file, but not knowing how to do
    it, I looked around for a program to link them. I found one called
    VirtualDub and used that.


    Question - Using the Append feature I put 11 very short .avi clips
    together in one file. It worked, but here's the problem.

    The total of all the files was about 92 megs but, when I saved the
    resulting file, (in .avi) it came out as about 1.4 Gigs.

    Wha hoppen ??? Did I mess something up ?

    Thanks very much,

    Perk :)>)
     
    Perk, Feb 15, 2006
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  2. You probably saved the file with no compression. AVI is basically a
    container; you can put a vast variety of video formats into it. The size
    of the file depends on the compression format used.
     
    Kimba W. Lion, Feb 15, 2006
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  3. Perk

    dave xnet Guest

    retrace your steps. When the avi's have been appended,
    make sure Video/Direct Stream Copy has been
    selected...

    Dave
     
    dave xnet, Feb 15, 2006
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  4. Maybe(?) You may have saved the resulting file as a different type
    (codec).

    You can use the (free) G-spot utility to examine your avi file and
    tell you how it was recorded. What is the resulting running time
    (minutes:seconds)?

    G-spot: www.headbands.com/gspot/
     
    Richard Crowley, Feb 15, 2006
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  5. Perk

    Bernie Guest

    Virtual Dub isn't very helpful about offering choices on codec. On the
    Video menu, scroll down to Codec and it will offer you all that are
    available on your computer. Try out several - as a start go for Indeo
    5.1 if you have it, and move the quality to 50. Then click on "File >
    Save as AVI". When it's done, see you if like the result.

    Another choice is to download the free Windows Media Encoder from
    Microsoft and recode the large file you have in to a much smaller .wmv
    file.

    Bernie
     
    Bernie, Feb 15, 2006
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  6. Perk

    Jukka Aho Guest

    Yet another way is to install a decent VfW codec, since Windows doesn't
    come with any. XviD would be an obvious choice.
     
    Jukka Aho, Feb 15, 2006
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